Home' Tennant and District Times : 2017-0505 TDT Contents 12 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 5 MAY 2017
The Tennant and District
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Jasmin Afianos, 139
Paterson Street, Tennant
Creek NT 0860, and
printed by Peter Baldwin,
Mount Isa Qld 4825.
The Tennant & District
Times is published
by Jasmin Afianos,
139 Paterson Street,
Tennant Creek NT
0860, and printed by
NT News - Darwin
Print Centre, 1
Darwin NT 0800.
AFTER arriving from the Far South Coast of NSW at
the start of the year and taking up a role as PE teacher
at the High School, teacher and Soccer coach David
Field is looking forward to the challenge of developing
the local soccer talent for both players and coaches.
David brings with him vast experience and knowledge of the
His coaching journey started back at university in the early 90’s
where he started racking up his Football Federation of Australia’s
(FFA) coaching qualifications and spent many years as a success-
ful coach and player in the NSW Super League!
Following that, David had ambitions to head overseas and gain
the ultimate coaching qualification through the English FA, the
prestigious UEFAA coaching licence, the highest on grass coach-
ing qualification in the world.
So in 2005 he set off for the best part of a 10-year adventure with
his backpack and returned home with his English wife Juliet, who
teaches at the local primary school, their 5-year-old son Noah, a
container full of items and yes, his backpack.
After a long journey he was rewarded with his qualification
in 2012. During this period David started off coaching at Tot-
tenham Hotspur Development Centres where he would oversee
young players who had been scouted to see if they were up to
the Academy standard.
Following this experience, he was lucky enough to secure a
position developing players at the Arsenal Centre of Excellence,
where he predominantly worked on the Ladies program at London
Colney’s state of the art training facility.
“It was always an amazing experience rocking up to training in
my Ford Fiesta, parking next to Ramsey’s Porsche he laughed,”
David was fortunate enough to coach squads in the FA cup final
on several occasions and worked with many international players
and enjoyed European tours.
But what does this have to do with Tennant Creek you ask?
David has been busy in discussions with Football NT and Mar-
cus Maher at Anyinginyi Sport and Recreation to see what can
be done to raise the profile of Soccer in town.
“I have been pleasantly surprised at the interest in soccer from
the students so far, it’s been amazing,” he said.
“I expected it to be just all footy!
“The program which Jonathon Marday, a local Science teacher,
has up and running on a Wednesday afternoon is testament to this.
“It is always so well supported by the students and is a credit
David said excitingly, Marcus has also explained that there is
a space and more importantly funding earmarked to develop a
Soccer pitch at the Sport and Rec complex in the near future.
Starting this term, he will be assisting with the already estab-
lished FFA Miniroos program in conjunction with Sport and Rec,
for players aged 4-9 years.
The program started last Tuesday, but if you missed out it is still
okay to register at Sport and Rec for a 5pm kick off.
They also have plans to get the FFA’s Club Football program up
and started by getting a weekend competition up and running - at
this stage for the younger age groups, with a view of developing
it further over the years. Watch this space for further details!
Looking further ahead, David has plans to create a development
squad for the high school-aged students where he envisages
training on a weekly basis and making monthly trips to Alice to
test their skills against other club sides.
In a perfect world, other soccer enthusiasts could join them.
David said during his short time in Tennant Creek, he has the
impression that this is the forgotten area.
“Darwin has its National Training Centre programs, as does
Alice and that is where most of the state squad members come
from to represent the NT at the Nationals,” he said.
“So I want to get something going here.
“From my brief observations I can see the natural abilities of
the players, they just need to be coached!
“I know that a local Year 10 student has represented the NT in the
past and I know there are more out there eager to be discovered.”
As a FFA community coach presenter, David is also able to
deliver the FFA’s community coaching courses.
This is something that he has already done during term 1 with
his Year 12 integrated learning students, who successfully gained
their Skill Training Certificate.
“This is also something I am passionate about, because without
educated courses then the game will struggle to grow,” he said.
“I look forward to offering this down the track once my family
and I are established.”
David has jokingly said to Clontarf and Wayne Green that his
legacy would be to have soccer in Tenant Creek referred to as
‘football’. A long shot he knows.
So if you’re keen to get involved, stay tuned for the many up-
and-coming soccer opportunities to hit Tennant Creek.
New PE teacher keen on bringing soccer to Tennant
l High School PE Teacher David Field
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